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“Beautiful candlelit dinner (and concert too)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mozart Dinner Concerts Salzburg

Mozart Dinner Concerts Salzburg
Getreidegasse 47, Salzburg 5020 , Austria
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Ranked #16 of 94 attractions in Salzburg
Type: Concerts
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Beautiful candlelit dinner (and concert too)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Two of us made advance reservations to enjoy the Mozart dinner concert at St. Peter Siftskeller. We chose to upgrade to the Exclusive level and enjoyed front row seating, gift programs, and an upgraded meal. I cannot compare our meal to the regular (since we did not sample the other). We did thoroughly enjoy our meal, including the flaming dessert.

The room was gorgeous, authentically decorated, and the service was impeccable.

We both loved the music and appreciated that one didn't have to fight to listen while food was passed since it was done between pieces. While the food was delicious, we wish there had been another 15 -20 minutes or so of music .... Mozart's music was our attraction to this attraction.

Visited May 2013
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“Authentic Salzburg Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The musicians and singers are excellent and perform vignettes from famous Mozart operas in period costume in a cozy, candlelit room. Please do not take photos, though because it is a distraction to the other guests sitting behind and near you!!!!

Visited July 2013
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“Worthwhile experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Great experience which combines good music, food and service. The musicians had an excellent performance. A must see!

Visited November 2012
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“In theory very interesting, in reality disappointing - piano not tuned!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

On my insistence, we went to a Mozart concert in Salzburg. There are several possible concerts available for purchase and we decided to go to the one held at the Festung Hohensalzburg (Hohensalzburg fortress). You have the option of attending the concert with dinner and a cruise, attending the concert with dinner or attending the concert alone.

I didn't want to go to the dinner or the cruise and could not find a way to purchase the tickets for the concert alone online so we went to the tourist information office where we bought our tickets. One of our friends decided he would not join us but at the last minute changed his mind. He was able to buy his ticket just outside the concert room.

Thanks to the reviews on trip advisor, we decided to take the less expensive tickets, a bit further back in the room. The first 6 rows were numbered seats and a bit more expensive and the other rows are unnumbered, so first come, first serve. Honestly, the price difference was not much so either way is fine. You can definitely see very well with the cheaper tickets so depending on you priorities, either choice is good. In our case there were only seven rows anyway, so we were in the last row but the cheaper tickets.

To get to the concert, you take the funicular which cost a whopping 11 Euros during the day but cost only 4 Euros in the evening for the concert (two-way). I know you can walk up and enter the fortress during the day (we did that on another occasion) but I am unsure if you can enter the fortress in the evening if you walked up. It seemed so much easier to take the funicular on this occasion. Although there was a relatively large group going up at the same time as us, we were able to get on without a hitch.

When exiting the funicular, you follow the signs that say concert (if you are going to the concert alone, dinner if you are going to dinner too). It was easy to follow the signs but if you have trouble with stairs, you could have a problem as one must go up several flights of stairs (I don't know if they have an alternate route for people with mobility issues).

We purchased our a ticket for our friend and waited for the doors to open. Once open, those with unnumbered seats took their places on the seventh row (I assume they have more rows if more tickets are sold and depending on the season). Those who went to dinner first seemed to arrive closer to the start time. They get a numbered seat with their tickets. To get the programme, you have to pay two Euros (I think it should be included but...). We could see the musicians arriving at the same time as the guests.

The concert was named Best of Mozart Festungskonzert but actually they played Mozart and Haydn on the night we were there. The first piece was Mozart and was good. Then the piano player made her entrance. She started playing and hit some keys that were out of tune. You can tell she was surprised and disappointed. She proceeded to do the musical version of the Indy 500 by playing the piece so quickly, I felt dizzy! Very disappointing for her and for us. Once finished, she bowed and left in a huff. Not very professional, in my opinion. There was intermission, the last piece was played and that was it.

Due to the problem with the piano, I was highly disappointed. I would expect that the musicians come earlier and test their instruments (ie, the piano player) or have a back up plan if there is a problem (ie change the scale of the piece, change the piece played or get a tuner in). If she (they) were there earlier, she would have detected the problem in advance and dealt with it accordingly.

I felt that the audience was not important enough to them, probably because lots of people attending were not regulars and were not very knowledgeable about classical music (I could tell because they were clapping when there was a pause in the music, not at the end of the piece as is usually the case with more experienced classical goers). I wonder how many times they have that problem. Oh well.

In theory, interesting. In practice, a let down.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful Music & Nice Historic Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We went for the Mozart Music and not the food so we were not disappointed. In fact we totally enjoyed the entire evening. Our ticket included the meal but not drinks so we ordered a medium priced wine for the dinner. The meal was ok but nothing special and was a multi course meal with the musicians performing before and nicely between courses. Tables are not reserved so get there early so you can be near the performers.

Visited September 2013
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